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Sep 24, 2010 6:30pm EDT
's biggest banks using on scene threats, racist taunts. brian ross confronts the bank's chairman. >>> political theater. stephen colbert on capitol hill to highlight a serious issue. but did it serve his cause? >>> hostage drama. robbers kidnap a florida bank teller, strap a bomb to his chest, then use him as a weapon to get the money. >>> vintage baseball. the only video of what may be the greatest game ever played, socked away for 50 years in bing crosby's wine cellar. >>> and children's crusader. our troubled schools need a super hero, and we found one. he's our "person of the week." >>> good evening. the phone calls were ugly and harrowing. they came early in the morning, late at night, over and over again. in these tough times, it may be no surprise that debt collectors calls are the country's top consumer complaint, but these one crossed all boundaries of decency. racist, pornographic, even targeting someone who owed nothing. tonight, our investigation has found the callers behind these vile shakedowns were hired by a company working for one of america's banking giants. bri
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Sep 27, 2010 4:00am EDT
. >>> good morning. thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. five weeks until midterm elections and the democrats are fighting to hold on to the control of congress. >> so they are sending the party heavyweights out on the campaign trail. emily schmidt joins us with more at what's at stake for the white house and capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. well, senators this week in washington are going to wrap up their work here so they can head home and campaign for critical midterm elections. with five weeks to go tactics are ranging from personal to presidential. de end of september politics feel like november. >> you ought to be there for him on election day. >> reporter: heavy hitters are campaigning in races that ought to be a cinch in the past. barney frank has been in for 30 years but they are threatening to take back control of the hill. >> when we don't have people trying to make things worse and trying 0 obstruct we can provide the economy this country deserve. >> people have a right to be angry
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Sep 6, 2010 7:00am EDT
've got to give them a reason to vote for us. >> reporter: with less than 60 days, democrats are feeling it cresting and pulling out the big guns. former president clinton is on the trail and soon, michelle obama will be campaigning. incumbents likely to lose, concentrating instead on those who still have the chance to win. >> this is the time when you got to do the hard math, look at the numbers. either you're making cut or you're not. >> the good news is not for republicans. the latest poll shows a gap of 49% to 53%. six points. >> for much more on the issue on every american's mind, jobs, we're going to turn to the secretary of labor hilda solis. madam secretary good morning to you. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. good to be with. you. >> i wanted to start with the president, we know in wisconsin and speaking to the people there. i want to read the numbers from the top of the broadcast. 14.9 million americans unemployed, nearly 15 million. but when you take into account those who have simply given up or settled for part-time work, 26 million americans actually looking for work
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Sep 26, 2010 8:00am EDT
was there. many of us were there. it was an amazing night. she looked beautiful. we've got a bunch of pictures to show you coming up later. >>> also, we have some other news about our "gma" family today. our marysol castro is celebrating her last day here at "gma." i am not celebrating. i am very upset. about this. i will miss you making fun of me all the time. >> i'm going to miss making fun of you actually. >> you have my e-mail address. so you can continue to do so. >> it won't be at 3:00 in the morning. i will definitely sleep in on the weekends. >> the girl's getting a year's prescription to ambien. >> yes, exactly of the truth be told, wonderful wedding. i happen to on my last day at work forget to pack clothing, so, girl, this is your -- i broke into your dressing room. this is your dress. it fits like a glo i promise i'll bring it back toy >> a little secret. >>> coming up this morning, we're going to take a look back at several moments just like that during mary's s run here on "gma." >> also this morning, something you rarely see or hear and t tar iely see or hear and fro
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Sep 27, 2010 7:00am EDT
. >> for the first time we hear american soldiers accused of taking part if a death squad. could the u.s. army have prevented this civilian massacre? brian ross investigates. >>> fake arrest. you're watching a california cop handcuff a teenager in his living room. his parents watching and thrilling. the boy's crime, having sex with the officer's stepdaughter. was this an abuse of power? the boy's parents join us live exclusively. >>> pandemonium. it may be the toughest job in the world to get. why 62,000 people applied for a chance to spend time with these giant pandas. >>> all over the world, 62,000 applications to spend a month with these bears. >> do you blame them? >> they are cute. we hope you had a great weekend. >>> including the leader of that megachurch vowing to fight sexual abuse charges leveled by four young men he had been working with. >> take a look at this. cell phone video taken inside a plane. the landing gear failing to activate. passengers told -- you see, keep their heads down. sparks flyout side the win dove. the pilot able to land safely. what it was like on that flight. >> t
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Sep 25, 2010 7:00am EDT
. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more recently than others. >> just one year ago,
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Sep 27, 2010 3:05am EDT
bank robbery in south florida. investigators got a break this weekend when the car used in the heist was found in coble gables. it began last week when three thieves burst inn a bank teller's apartment at gun point. they placed a bomb on the teller's body and forced him to withdraw a large amount of money. sources tell abc news the bomb was a fake. >>> federal authorities are looking into a landing gear problem that resulted in a very frightening flight. video taken saturday night by a passenger on a delta flight captured the moments before the plarn made an emergency landing. sparks were seen out the window when the flight from atlanta to white plains, new york, was diverted to jfk airport. the pilot was praised, as was the air traffic controller. >> you were lucky. the controller actually working that airplane last night is eight weeks away from retirement. and he's been working airplanes for 29 years. i mean, we couldn't have asked for a better person to be in that position. >> there's more of that interview this morning coming up on "good morning america." the passengers were tak
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Sep 21, 2010 5:00pm EDT
this morning. we talked with heflin by phone. he used to be a medic in loudoun county and immediately took off his shirt to stop the bleeding. within minutes, police and ambulance were on the scene. the victim was rushed to the hospital. police were able to get one of the attackers, a 15-year-old boy lives in the apartments behind a shopping center. if it had not been for the quick thinking of the others, it could add that a much more tragic ending. >> the good news is that the victim is expected to recover. he is in stable condition at a local hospital. the second attacker is still on the loose, police say. he is also a teenager. >> a vigil is planned for later this week for a local politician who died after an suv hit her while she was riding her bike in largo. 30-year-old natasha pettitte grobe was the green party candidate for the maryland senate race. the driver hit her, but did not stop. the driver said she thought she had an animal. once she was, she said she discovered the woman's bike still lodged under her suv and that is when she called police. >> last year, nearly 5500 people died
ABC
Sep 21, 2010 6:30pm EDT
disabled daughter. and now, he says, he learned something for all of us. >>> good evening. think of it as a one, two, three political punch. exactly six weeks to go until the november election, and three of the most famous names in america are heading out to fight for their candidates. first lady michelle obama, now joining former president bill clinton and former alaska governor sarah palin, as the power hitters on the campaign trail. and the president, well, today, we learned that as the elections loom, he is going to shake up and rebuild his economic team. more on that in a minute. but we'll begin with our senior political correspondent jon karl. jon? >> reporter: diane, today we learned that the president's top economic adviser will leave after the midterm elections. this is the third member of the president's economic team to go. and this, we learn on a day that the white house also announced that the first lady is about to hit the campaign trail. the white house calls her the closer. and with time running out for congressional democrats, they're sending her in. the first la
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Sep 22, 2010 2:35am EDT
of using his authority to coerce two young men into having sex. the young men claim they were then given lavish trips, cars and even cash. they are now suing long, who is pastor of one of the nation's biggest baptist churches. >>> a man from western new york is on his way back to north carolina, charged with killing a police chief's daughter. michael harvey appeared before a judge in new york yesterday. harry very reportedly told police valerie hamilton died after an accidental overdose of heroin. at a church in her hometown outside charlotte. >>> eight city officials from bell, california, are due in court this morning on corruption charges. they're accused of paying themselves huge salaries in a scandal that triggered outrange far beyond california. here now is mike von fremd. >> reporter: a rauk does crowd gathered outside city hall as word spread that officials were being rounded up and arrested. one even had his door broken down by a police battering ram. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at
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Sep 3, 2010 5:00pm EDT
kennedy is live in north carolina. she joins us with the very latest. >> we are finally getting some heat -- decent weather at the outer banks. overnight, we have dramatically and followed by 12 hours of rain. what is left behind is this incredible surf and tourist were trying to get a jumpstart on their vacation. correcting girl was a powerful category three hurricane when it passed off the coast of north carolina's outer banks. wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour felt overnight. this man rode out the storm in his home. his house sustained minimal damage and today, he is without power. >> i did not sleep at all. we have done it before. and we will do it again. >> the storm surge from hurricane earl was between 2-3 feet, resulting in over wash on the ocean road. heavy machinery was brought in to remove water and sand from the street. this family heeded the mandatory evacuation order. by daylight, they were back to their vacation rental, trying to salvage what was left of their trip. >> i was just chomping at the bit to get back. we are staying through the labor day weekend. we're happy to
ABC
Sep 27, 2010 5:00am EDT
washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. thanks for joining us at 5:00 on this early monday morning. i am alison starling. let's give started with traffic and weather every ten minutes. expect problems? we have lisa baden and adam caskey. >> we have been waiting for this rain and it is materializing. some areas of rain across the region is specially farther west of the metro area. look at showers stretching from pennsylvania all the way to the deep south. the moisture is streaming to the north. we will see intermittent showers through of the day. showers in montgomery county, frederick county,270 corridor, 81 corridor cure that's where we have persistent light rain. in the yellow areas is where there are moderate to heavy sellers at this time. there's rain off and on today. high temperatures in the '70s. maybe a upper 60's in some spots. a severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled vowel especially along and he 795 corridor this evening. at least 2.5 inches expected altogether. >> water it has collected on the ramp heading west on to 50. there is deep water. a firefighter just call
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Sep 29, 2010 7:00am EDT
[ male announcer ] citi thankyou points can be used for almost anything you choose. what's your story? citi can help you write it. >>> that's what's making news in >>> good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's wednesday, september 29th. and this morning, flood warning. tropical weather set to bring heavy downpours from florida to new england, over the next 48 hours. some places have already had a foot of rain. sam is on the flood watch. >>> also breaking, the radical cleric, connected to the recent failed terror plots here in the u.s., is reportedly resurfacing. does it mean more attacks? brian ross has the latest on the new thoughts that has authorities on high alert. >>> true confession. this woman claimed to be the victim of that vicious acid attack. for the first time, we learn why she planned this hoax and burned her own face. >>> and too many wives? police investigating the family in the reality show "sister wives." will the public send the family to court? >> four wives? 16 kids? >> maybe they should have thought about that before go
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Sep 28, 2010 4:00am EDT
a major announcement. >>> "obama's wars" the revealing book. taking us behind closed doors. what makes the president angriest? >>> and fire danger in southern california. the hottest day ever. so hot, it actually broke the day r city's main thermometer. >>> good morning. we begin this morning with a developing news story, which may be the highest resignation yet of president obama's inner circle. >> obama are getting for rahm emanuel, to say he is stepping down. it could come this friday. no final decision has been made. >> emanuel is a chicago native. and he wants to run for mayor there. his temporary replacement may come on friday. >> his departure would be in the heat of the midterm election campaign. and president obama will be back on the stump again today. >> emily schmidt is in washington with the developing story. good morning, emory. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. when barack obama ran for president, in 2008, the lines at his student events usually stretch as far as the eye that can see. that excitement translated into votes. tonight, president obama is goin
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Sep 21, 2010 7:00am EDT
. nine u.s. soldiers have been killed. let's go to miguel marquez in afghanistan with the latest. miguel? >> reporter: in addition, to the nine soldiers killed, one u.s. soldiered injured, one afghan death, as well. it's just north of where i am, in kandahar province. it happened in zabul province, a mountainous region. troops are coming here every day by the hundreds or thousands. the last time the u.s. suffered this bad a crash was back in 2006, when a chinook went down. we're not entirely certain what type of chopper this was. the taliban has claimed credit. but u.s. officials here say there's no credible claim of enemy fire in that region. and they still don't know what brought the chopper down. often, the taliban takes credit for these things just to do it. this is part of an overall effort here in kandahar and across the country. the surge of troops that president obama ordered are in-country. and they are moving into the final phase of that surge, getting ready, getting into the hottest of the offensive operations. but they will be conducting. it is likely that we're going to see
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Sep 24, 2010 7:00am EDT
. the iranian president calls the terror attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected
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Sep 27, 2010 6:30pm EDT
airport captured on video this weekend. 64 people on board. lisa stark tells us how the skill of the pilot made all the difference. lisa. >> reporter: diane, before we get to that pilot, let me tell you something we just learned about this aircraft. this model of plane has had previous landing gear failures. in fact, the faa this summer issued a safety directive warning the landing gear doors could jam. it's not known yet if that's what happened here. this was the scene in the passenger cabin. >> heads down, stay down. heads down, stay down. >> reporter: chase benzenberg, who shot this video, said some were praying, others crying. >> the lady in front of me, i see her get teary and she reaches for her husband's hand next to me. >> reporter: the plane needed to land, but the right wheels remained stubbornly up. captain jack conroyd jr., a former navy pilot, and first officer larkin newby calmly called controllers for help. >> our preference would be to proceed over to jfk and execute an emergency landing over there. >> brace for impact. >> reporter: here was the danger. a mistake and the pl
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Sep 28, 2010 6:00am EDT
morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, thanks for joining us on this tuesday, september 28. it is 6:00, i am alison starling. lisa baden is standing by. we will see how the rain is affecting the commute. let's begin with meteorologist adam caskey. if it's going to be wet today. >> we will have some sunshine later on today. it's led to be raining again especially thursday, some very heavy rain. let's look at live triple doppler 7 ghadar. there are areas of scattered showers, not as heavy as earlier this morning. as the band stretching from northwestern montgomery county to the seneca area, down towards manassas, the yellow line that you see. that is pushing off to the east and northeast. calvert county is seeing a light rain. it is 72 right now at reagan national. low 80's this afternoon with sunshine and becoming less humid. we will start tomorrow with sunshine and end the day in clients. challahs wednesday night into thursday with a great weekend. >>> 66 eastbound is busy. and 20 minutes to your commute with the back up before you get to the exit for the plan
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Sep 22, 2010 7:00am EDT
, the first to go on "dancing with the stars." we'll tell us what he thinks of the decision, live. >>> and good morning, everyone. did you lose your voice cheering for the hoff last night? >> the only way it could go. i don't know it is. the back-to-school cold crept up on me. i apologize. >>> we have a big story. >> a huge story. >> bob woodward's book, a bombshell. infights over sending thousands of troops. the president pushing hard against the chairman of the chief of staffs, mike mullen. against general petraeus. the top security adviser, jim jones, reportedly referred to his aides as water bugs, the mafia. he says the cia has set up a 3,000-man paramilitary force, a secret force, that fights the taliban in afghanistan and pakistan. >> all this comes as another top economic aide is set to leave the white house. we'll have more on the white house shakeup ahead. >>> and also this morning, it's been a political flash point this year. we're talking about islam, with the proposed mosque near ground zero. we begin an in-depth series. and we kick that off our next half hour. >>> we
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Sep 6, 2010 3:35am EDT
went wrong on april 20th and who's to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men. >> bringing this to a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memory of the 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blowout preventer, bop, is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface and the agents will remain with it even as it's hauled to an ultra-secure nasa installation. their forensics teams from a half dozen government agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> what they're going to be looking for is why this sort of last-ditch stopgap measure didn't work. >> reporter: five stories high, the bop was a series of valves and rams designed to slam shut in the event of a leak. the last line of defense. as we learned at the blowout prevention center at utah state university, this was not one failures. this was a critical part of the blowout preventer system. it should have worked first. there are seven other components 50 feet high. all of them failed. but there was
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Sep 29, 2010 4:00am EDT
. >>> credible threat. the newly uncovered terror plot against the u.s. and our allies in europe. did osama bin laden give his okay? >>> and curtains up. country music's mecca returns to its former glory. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. we begin, now, with what could be a very wet day along a good part of the eastern seaboard. >> south florida is the area closest to the big storm that is likely to strengthen into tropical storm nicole. some residents have already laid out sandbags in preparation. tropical storm warnings are in effect for key west and south florida counties. those around major cities like miami and ft. lauderdale. >> it's moving north rapidly. accuweather's ava dinges has more. >> the latest tropical system moving for cuba. it's dropping torrential rainfall over cuba. and also, with strong, gusty winds. it's moving into southeastern florida, where miami could pick up four inches of rain just throughout the day. the storm system quickly heading up the east coast, where flooding will again be a concern, into cities like new york and philadelphia. es
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Sep 24, 2010 2:35am EDT
. republicans need to pick up 39 seats to take back control of the house. if they do that and use this agenda as their governing map, the result could be two years of partisan gridlock. democrats showed no indication of cooperating on this gop to-do list and the white house dismissed it as more of the same failed policies. >> if it sounds familiar, it's because it's the same litany or catalog of failed policies that got us into this mess. >> reporter: standing in a suburban hardware store without jackets and ties the republican leaders said they are tuned in to the concerns of voters. >> there is nothing more inspiring than the common voice of the common man. >> reporter: republicans hope that message reaches the tea party activists who have shown so much strength at the grassroots level and just might be the key to a republican takeover. >>> georgia's senator saxby chambliss now admits a derogatory slur left on an internet discussion over gay rights apparently came from his office. the comment was posted on a blog discussing gay rights by a user identified as jimmy. the blog's readers were a
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Sep 27, 2010 6:00am EDT
south to north. high temperatures today should be in the mid 70's for most of us. we are in the mid 60's right now. upper 50's farther out west. southeast wind at 10-20. becoming gusty tonight's. if tomorrow morning rain translates to afternoon sunshine. not to lisa baden. >>> out of crofton its been a long morning on the ramp from route 3 heading onto stifter west, there is deep water at the end of the ramp. if there's a wreck betwnear 197. greenbelt road, that exit ramp to the military base is closed. virginia has a wreck north on 95 before the occoquan river near the 123 it-woodbridge exit, the right lane is closed. -- 12>>> police found a victimt before midnight in the 3400 block of dot are quoted in landover. the man had been shot and was discovered in the vehicle. he was pronounced dead at a hospital. police are searching for the gunman. >>> police hope evidence left behind will lead them to hit and run driver. a young woman suffered a critical injury after being hit by a car saturday night along the 8700 block of carroll avenue. courtney robinson joins us from silver spring with m
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Sep 28, 2010 5:00am EDT
>> and once again, we say good morning, washington. we are glad you're joining us. for the second straight morning, we're waking up with scattered rain showers. let's get straight to your traffic and weather. lisa is standing by with the latest on how all of this is affecting your commute. first, meteorologist adam caskey. what's the latest? >> a flash flood watch in effect until 8:00 a.m. and then big changes coming, this just in the next couple of hours. the flash flood watch is almost for the entire viewing area. it does include the metro area in parts of virginia and maryland. so let's go to the doppler 7 radar. the temperatures shown in yellow. notice the yellow and the red on the radar? the very heavy rainfall clipping fairfax county. it is going to cross over the potomac and into frederick county and then hagerstown as well momentarily this morning. otherwise, a few spotty, light showers going on the high temperature about 83, becoming less humid. we'll dry out and have a fair amount of sunshine. more rainfall later this week. >> while you were sleeping there was a crash on
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Sep 24, 2010 12:00pm EDT
this morning. courtney robinson brings us the latest. >> it was a series of crimes that led them -- led the police to cousy's -- southeast washington and lead to a shoot out. >> it was crazy and i was asleep and i heard about 20 gunshot. >> prince george's county officers say at 2:30 this morning a man robbed someone on kenilworth avenue and 45 minutes later, they got a call about a carjacking. officers responded and got into a high-speed chase with two men in this car. the car had maryland tax. >> the suspect lost control of their vehicle during their pursuit. they bailed out of the suspect vehicle and they exchanged gunfire with uniformed prince george's county police officers. >> police offices also responded to shots off minnesota avenue and arrested one man and a couple of hours later arrested another. they found a handgun and they believe one of the suspects pounded them when they started shooting, they stopped a couple of men and they started all over again ban on no one was injured but officers closed down minnesota avenue to investigate. >> residents did not expect to wake up t
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. >> comedian steven colbert of his you need brand of truth. what i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue. i hope that my star power can fund this hearing all the way up to c-span. >> he spent the day picking vegetables as part of a campaign. it offers you a citizens to replace them reform workers. just seven people showed up for work. >> this brief experience gave me some small understanding of why so many -- sold you americans are clamoring to start a lover career as a migrant worker. >> he stayed in character as a blowhard news anchor. >> we need to all stop eating fruits and vegetables. he got serious when asked why he got -- why he chose to highlight this issue. >> the least powerful people might workers and they do not have any rights. >> some republicans blasted the appearance. " i think that he might the process -- i -- >> i think that process.d the >> his appearance was said to be appropriate and that the comedian could bring attention to an important political issue. >> he broke into homes wearing dress pants and a tie. police annou
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Sep 23, 2010 2:35am EDT
. >>> there was a setback in efforts to free 33 miners in chile. one of the hammers on a drill used in the rescue mission became detached yesterday. the crews were drilling through rock when it happened. the drill was repaired and work continued. rescued in early november, six weeks sooner than first expected. >>> one lawmaker on capitol hill says hearings on a salmonella outbreak revealed a disturbing picture of egg production here in america. >> and the owner of an iowa egg farm did apologize to people who got sick from salmonella. t.j. winick has details. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. lawmakers in washington got few answers on wednesday. the owner of one farm refused to testify. another blamed an ingredient bought from a supplier for the outbreak. eggs from two iowa farms were linked to a massive salmonella outbreak this past summer. as many as 1,600 americans were sickened. 30-year-old sarah lewis. >> they thought they were going to have to do emergency bowel surgery. >> reporter: and 77-year-old carol lobato. >> my doctors told me that i almost certainly would have died without aggressi
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Sep 28, 2010 2:35am EDT
: it is shades of vietnam, including allegations that soldiers at the base regularly use drugs, hashish laced with opium, to deal with the stress of their lives in afghanistan. >> fact is, stressful days. >> reporter: the military now confirms it is investigating the allegati allegations that the parents of adam winfield tried back in february to warn the army, that both innocent afghan civilians and u.s. soldiers were being put at risk. brian ross, abc news, new york. >>> the fallout from the merger of southwest and air tran airways could impact travel in most of the nation. southwest is buying air tran for nearly $1.5 billion. the deal opens the way for southwest to move into 37 new cities, including atlanta, and will increase its presence in both new york and boston as well. southwest says it will drop air tran's baggage fees. >> a little bit of silver lining there. >>> here's a look at your weather. coastal rain from florida to new england. hail, downpours, flash flooding and 60-mile-an-hour winds around boston, new york and philadelphia. more flooding for the carolinas and showers from m
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Sep 24, 2010 4:00am EDT
with us on this friday morning. we begin, now, with the first woman executed here in the u.s. in five years. she's been put to death in virginia. >> theresa lewis' case gained international attention, not just because of her gender. but supporters argue that she was not smart enough to carry out the crimes. here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: theresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in almost 50 years. lewis was sentenced to detd in 2003, for hiring two killers who shot her husband and her stepson. according to prosecutors, the two were lured into lewis' scheme by sex and money. the money was to promise to split the son's and husband's life insurance with him. lewis confessed to the plot. >> i just wish i could take it back. >> reporter: according to a witness of the execution, these were her last words. >> she said, i want kathy to know that i love you. and i'm very sorry. >> reporter: the two men she conspired with to commit the killings were sentenced to life imprisonment. one killed himself in prison in 2006. lewis' case drew a lot of attention because she was not t
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Sep 5, 2010 9:00am EDT
the world situation and therefore for us less safe because while saddam hussein was despicable, he actually did control the country. there was no al-qaida there when he was in power because it would have been a threat to him. therefore, but the counterbalance he provided to iran and the control over terrorism cells and his own country probably in any sort of cold hearted national security way was beneficial to us, not the other way round. as long as he did not have weapons of mass destruction since we had a good inspection system and he did not have weapons of mass destruction, i think that probably for us it was not a bad situation. it was terrible for the iraqi people but they were doing okay economically. >> all this concern for the iraqis is an incredible amnesia. the complaint of the left before the war in the clinton administration was protect relentlessly over this. thousands of iraqis were dying because of the embargo especially iraqi children, tens of thousands. if you want to make a tally of their losses, you have to remember what the situation was at the time. secondly, as this c
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Sep 3, 2010 3:05am EDT
asked the type of specific work they were doing. they weren't able to confirm for us what exactly the responsibilities there junior there were initial reports of a mile-long oil sheen spotted near the blast site. the coast guard knocked down those reports. >> coast guard helicopters on-scene and vessels on-scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water. >> reporter: experts say this explosion is nowhere near as serious as last april's explosion at the deepwater horizon site. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> reporter: congress isn't wasting any time with another oil platform explosion. some house democrats are already demanding answers. the house energy and commerce committee is asking scott josie, president and ceo of mariner energy, for a briefing on the incident. for abc news, eric barajas, louisiana. >>> meanwhile, at the site of the bp oil well, engineers there have removed a temporary cap that last month stopped all that gushing oil. no additional oil has seeped into the water because the
ABC
Sep 24, 2010 5:00am EDT
. >> a virginia woman became the first female to be executed in the u.s. in five years. teresa lewis killed by lethal injection for arranging to have her husband and stepson killed. she apologized to her daughter and husband she killed. they are trying to figure out what fire started in manassas,. authorities say the wind helped the fire spread to neighboring homes. 11 people were displaced. part of wisconsin and minnesota are under a state of emergency as heavy rain continued to pound the region. several committees have been evacuated and rivers and creeks overflow. there is ready to get even more rain. >> the u.s. delegation walked out of the united nations after it iran's the made extreme allegations. >> president obama's speech advocated working in the middle east. >> an agreement is not reached, palestinians and never know what comes with their state. israel is a never know the certainty of security that comes as sovereign unstable neighbors. >> mr. obama said the door to of diplomacy remain open. it seems more likely to close after the president of the floor. >> mahmoud othman demijoh
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